Call for 2021 ENNIE Award Judges!

By Stacy MuthLast updated: Friday, June 5, 2020 • Leave a Comment

The siren’s call of the ENNIES has been sounded and the question goes out; who will answer? Do you have the fortitude to stand up against the barrage of RPG products, the reflexes to navigate the plethora of text, and the will to emerge with the finest goods produced during the year? If so, then the quest of ENNIE Award judge is meant for you! You can submit yourself on the website.

Starting today, anyone meeting the requirements can throw their hats into the ring and nominate themselves. The last day for self-nomination is June 30th.  Voting for the judges will take place alongside voting for products and the winners will be announced at the ENnie Awards ceremony on July 31st via online ceremony.

If you want more information about the current judges, please visit the judges page on the website.

If you are thinking about running, here’s a list of criteria you’ll need to remember.

All judges must:
• be at least 18 years of age as of August 1st, 2020 and able to enter into a legal contract;
• not have any professional relationship with any RPG publisher during the period from January 1st, 2020 to August 1st, 2021. Such relationships include unpaid work and work on free products;
• declare any relationship with any publisher in which they receive money, product, or special consideration in exchange for their services;
• be able to read English and communicate clearly therein;
• not have been an elected judge for the past consecutive two years. After serving two consecutive terms as judge, individuals are required to take one year off before running for judge again.

Note: Physical location is irrelevant – so long as you can accept packages year-round.

If you have a relationship with a publisher, even as a play tester, it is important that you notify the ENNIES board of this so that we may determine whether you are eligible to seek a judge position.

In cases of a rule violation, conflict of interest, misrepresentation, or other factor(s) detrimental to the awards, the ENNIE Award Leadership retains the right to alter the composition of the judging panel at any time.

The ENNIE Awards reserves the right to reject candidates who have displayed significant disregard for the ENNIES Organization or an inability to work cohesively with a team as determined by the ENNIE Award Leadership.

When you apply, you will be expected to fill out a questionnaire to help people best gauge how well they think you’ll work as a judge. Questions include: What styles and genres of RPGs do you enjoy most? Are there any styles or genres that you do not enjoy? Which games best exemplify what you like?

If you want to run, here is what is expected of you.

All judges shall:
• Attend monthly meetings to discuss best practices and review/discuss submissions;
• Access the ENNIE Awards boards/e-mailing lists (for the purposes of corresponding with judges and interacting with staff):
○ Weekly on the designated ENnies forums and sharing an accurate list of what products they have received;
○ Daily on the designated ENnies forums during judge deliberations (expected dates for 2021: June 1 – July 1);
• Act in a professional and impartial manner;
• Sign a non-disclosure agreement;
• In the event that they are removed from judgeship, bear the expense of returning and/or forwarding the products received for review;
• pay any customs duties charged for submissions;
• If they attend Gen Con – Indy, work a minimum of two hours at the ENnies booth;
• If they attend Gen Con – Indy, attend the awards ceremony smartly attired;
• Report to the Submissions Coordinator and Business Manager.

And, besides being able to say “I’m an ENNIES Judge!” what else do judges get?  Upon completion of review, judges retain all products submitted to them and receive a free Gen Con Indy 4-day pass.

NOTE: Publishers that publicly endorse, or campaign for or against a specific prospective judge via website statements, social media, and/or emails during the nomination/voting period are ineligible to have products considered for nomination during that year. This includes but is not limited to official company accounts and company owner statements.

Voting for the new judging panel will go live along with the award nominees from July 3rd – 12th.

If you think you have what it takes, run for Judge!

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